Internet Access Committee
Are you accessing this webpage from your home via dial-up, satellite, or cell card? Are you unserved or underserved by broadband in your area of Wildwood? Service is heading your way. 29 pole locations have been installed to date, spreading wireless broadband signal to these areas, and more pole locations are being evaluated.
If you or someone you know are in these areas of Wildwood, please contact the applicable service provider to see if you can be served now, and if not, so you can be notified when service is available to you.
If you can't currently be covered please understand that service will continue to expand. Please continue to contact the service providers and spread the word to neighboring home owners around you to do the same. This will help the service providers zero in on major problem areas.
We appreciate your patience and assistance as this exciting project continues.
Committee MembersThis citizen committee consists of four (4) resident volunteers from the areas most impacted by the current status of internet service, as well as two (2) City Council liaisons. Staff liaisons are Joe Vujnich and Kathy Arnett. Current committee members are:
- Richard Kallaus, Chair
- Scott Jackson
- Nancy Hitzeman
- Jim Foyil
- Larry Brost - Ward One, Council Liaison
- Rob Rambaud - Ward Six, Council Liaison
About the Committee
Over the years, the city has tried to provide opportunities for improved internet service in its rural areas by engaging both traditional and non-traditional methods. However, these efforts have not resolved the problem of internet access in the rural areas and, in some regards, raised expectations for residents affected with poor service. To assist in this matter, the City Council formed a Rural Internet Access Committee.
In April 2021, the City Council passed Resolution 2021-12 renaming the Rural Internet Access Committee the Internet Access Committee, in recognition of the City Council's stated priority and desire to clarify the purpose and goals of this committee tasked to study, analyze, and develop recommendations to the City Council on the technology, methods, means, financing, and infrastructure necessary to provide improved broadband access and speeds throughout the entire City of Wildwood.
The primary purpose of this Committee is to achieve the following:
- Identify the range of possible options available for service to the rural areas of the City of Wildwood. This list will include all currently available and planned options, from traditional and non-traditional types of resources.
- Study the options to determine the applicability in Wildwood, the practicality of its development, the key players in achieving its implementation, and other considerations causing these options to be considered favorably or not.
- Further review the refined list of options and select one or two for consideration and ultimate implementation. With the selection of a service type(s) for the rural areas of the city, the committee would then create strategies and timelines for implementation.
- Present the list of strategies and timelines to the City Council for acceptance and use in addressing this defined service need.